Every Day Heroes

HEROES

Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Philippians 1:3 (NLT2)

3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.

What makes a person a hero? A year ago, Chesley Sullenberger ditched his airplane into the Hudson River and saved the lives of all 150 of his passengers when both engines were knocked out by a flock of geese. It was the first time that a major airliner was ditched into the water and no lives were lost. When the air traffic control tapes were released, Capt. Sullenburger could be hear calmly describing the condition of his plane and then informing the tower that he was going to be in the Hudson River. Without a hint of panic in his voice, he put the plane down safely in the water. Then, he oversaw the evacuation of the plane. Twice, he went down the center aisle of the aircraft while water seeped in to make sure all of the passengers had exited. Then, last of all, he escaped the plane. Acting to save 150 lives makes him a hero. The way in which he did makes him a role model. Today we celebrate some every day heroes, our Morrow County EMS workers.  Year after year they save the lives of thousands of people by simply doing their jobs. Heroes like this are often overlooked, except for maybe during a major catastrophe like the attack on the Twin Towers on September 9, 2001.  However, day in and day out these people help those in our community that are sick and in need of immediate care.  Today we salute them and thank for all they do for our community!

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

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A New Perspective On Mother’s

Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Luke 2:33-35 (NLT2)
33 Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him.
34 Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him.
35 As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”

Barbara Weiser of Kewanee, Illinois recalls this conversation with her daughter when she was six: “Mom, there are five things I want to be when I grow up.” “Oh, yeah? What are they?” “I’m going to be a model, a movie star, a traveler and travel all around the world, and an artist and a singer.” “What about a mom?” “I don’t know… I think that’s too hard for me.” Later that same day, Abbie remarked to me, “Mom, it’s too bad you didn’t get to become anybody when you grew up.” “But I am somebody,” I explained. “I’m your mom! If I weren’t a mom then you wouldn’t be here right now dreaming of what you want to be someday!” My young daughter was perceptive about one vital thing. Motherhood is not easy (Kewanee Star Courier, May 5, 2004).

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

Living The New Life

Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Colossians 3:1 (NLT2)
1 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
They still tell the story at William and Mary College of daffy, magnificent President Ewell. For a century and a half, this prestigious Virginia school had been a leader among American universities. Then came the Civil War. In the hard days of reconstruction that followed, William and Mary went bankrupt. Soon it had a deserted campus, decaying buildings, and no students. As with so many Southern schools after that tragic war, everyone wrote it off as dead.  Everyone, except its president; he had given his best years to advancing the liberal arts through that school. He refused to give up now. So, every morning, President Ewell went to the deserted campus, climbed the tower of its main building, and rang the bells, calling the school to class. He behaved as though the school was still there.  People thought he was crazy. Nevertheless, every day for seven years, President Ewell rang the bells at William and Mary, in defiance of the despair and hopelessness that would destroy everything he held valuable. Eventually and miraculously, it worked. Others caught his vision. Students, teachers, and money returned. Today, America’s second oldest university thrives again, because of the hope of a single man.  Do you need New Life?  Jesus made the new life possible by his death, burial and resurrection.  All you need to do to receive that new life is reach out to him in prayer.  Ask him to come into your life and forgive you of your sins, and he will do the rest.

 

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

 

Christ Verses Legalism

Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Colossians 2:16-17 (NLT2)
16  So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths.
17  For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality.

In his little book Illustrations of Bible Truth, H.A. Ironside pointed out the folly of judging others. He related an incident in the life of a man called Bishop Potter. “He was sailing for Europe on one of the great transatlantic ocean liners. When he went on board, he found that another passenger was to share the cabin with him. After going to see the accommodations, he came up to the purser’s desk and inquired if he could leave his gold watch and other valuables in the ship’s safe. He explained that ordinarily he never availed himself of that privilege, but he had been to his cabin and had met the man who was to occupy the other berth. Judging from his appearance, he was afraid that he might not be a very trustworthy person. The purser accepted the responsibility for the valuables and remarked, ’It’s all right, bishop, I’ll be very glad to take care of them for you. The other man has been up here and left his for the same reason!’”

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

Transformed Through Prayer

Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Romans 12:2 (NLT2) 

2  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. 

Brandon A. Bradley told his story in Pray! Magazine some time back about an opportunity in his life: 

“I am a surgical assistant–the surgeon’s right-hand man. At one point in my career, I lost my passion. I wanted a job with spiritual significance, and I prayed for that. Imagine my shock when God led me to a position in plastic surgery. Why would God want me in a hotbed of vanity? I wondered. During my quiet times, the Lord assured me that this was part of his plan, and that I should wait upon his direction. So I obeyed, continuing to pray that the Lord would use me in this job.   “The first thing I heard him say when I started my new position was, ‘Gather and pray in my name.’ There were only a few Christians who worked in the plastic surgery department, but I started with them. ‘I’m going to start praying for our workplace each Monday, 15 minutes before we clock in,’ I told them. ‘I’ll be in Operating Room 2, and I hope you will join me.’   “We met each week, praying for our work, our colleagues, and our patients. Soon we were praying boldly for opportunities to witness. By the end of that year, God had answered many prayers, which included 10 friends who accepted Christ as their savior. God has blown me away with his answers, and he has given me a purpose far beyond patient care. He expanded my circle of influence by transferring me to the main surgery department, where I now rotate through all four surgery departments in the hospital campus. I have been able to start several prayer groups throughout the hospital. Each group focuses on inviting the Holy Spirit to move in their department. They encourage each other in Christ, pray for opportunities to witness, seek God’s will, and ask that Christ be glorified in their work.   “I don’t know if I’ll always work in a surgery department, caring for patients who are under anesthesia most of the time I’m with them. But since I realized that I could advance the kingdom of God through praying at work, I have found renewed passion for my job, as well as for the opportunities for ministry it provides.”

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

Wrestling In Prayer

Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Colossians 2:1 (NLT)
1  I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at Laodicea, and for many other believers who have never met me personally.

The movie Shadowlands is about C.S. Lewis’ relationship with his wife Joy. In the movie, Lewis’ colleague’s praise him and affirm that C.S. Lewis’ faithful prayers were getting God to help his wife. In response C.S. Lewis says that when he prays because he can’t help himself not to get any gain from God. He closes the dialogue by saying under his breath, “It doesn’t change God, it changes me.”  Is prayer changing you?

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

 

A Sacrifice Of Praise

Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Matthew 21:8 (NLT)
8  Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

Matthew Rogers writes:
When I consider the story of that first Palm Sunday, I am struck by the thought that…
A coat might not be worth much after a donkey walks on it. In a crowd like that there was no guarantee that once you laid it down you were ever going to get it back.
For some reason, the text leads me to believe those people probably weren’t real interested in coats at that moment when Jesus rode by. No, these people, many of them probably very poor, weren’t as concerned about coats as they were about praise.
For the people on Palm Sunday, praising Jesus might have cost them something. That sounds a little bit like a sacrifice. The Bible speaks of a sacrifice of praise. Fitting, isn’t it, for someone who saved our lives by sacrificing his own?

In Christ,

Pastor Mark